Hello Mutineers! If you’ve followed us here on the website or on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, you know that I like to share the things we actually use around Mutiny Ranch. Since our interests are diverse these items range from animal care to gardening implements but also footwear and kitchen gadgets. No matter what the item is though if we recommend it here then we personally own and use it or have researched it enough to have it on our “wishlist”.
The Mutiny Ranch Item of the Day for 5/18/2021 is the Spiralizer 7-Blade Vegetable Slicer. Whether your keto, paleo, gluten-free, low carb, or really into veggies (like me!) a spiralizer is a great tool for making interesting and fun meals.
You know me…I’m pretty
cheap thrifty. I’ve made plenty of great meals using my thrift-store “score” Pampered Chef vegetable peeler (just like this one). It makes pretty ribbons from veggies but it had some limitations. First, it gets difficult to hold the veggies as you peel them…and the peeler doesn’t necessarily slice in even strips. I’d end up with a lot of leftover nubs. Second, there was a real risk of accidentally slicing a finger. These little peelers are sharp! And third, there are no other size or shape options…just ribbons. Which are nice until you want something else.
I’m going to throw in a fourth downside of the standard veggies peeler that is a very real issue in my house. When my dogs hear the rattle of the peeler they come running. For real. All three dogs love carrots and will stand in the kitchen waiting to be showered with carrot peels. But sometimes (a lot of times) I’m not peeling carrots. So then I have to look at the disappointment on their faces as I prove to them that I’m peeling a daikon radish or parsnip. It’s just not worth it.
Now that I’m back to eating a lot more raw foods I decided to purchase a real spiralizer. Guys, it wasn’t an easy decision. There are many choices out there and prices that range from $10-$50. Some fit in drawers when not in use and others need a bit of counter or pantry space. I’m constantly trying to downsize so justifying a standalone appliance takes some consideration.
In the end, I decided on this Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer. At just under $25, it has great reviews and comes with 7 blades to offer different shapes and sizes. I’ve used it almost daily for about a month and here are my observations.
-Easy to clean (I try to rinse it immediately after use and I have an old toothbrush handy to clean any bits of veggies stuck to the cutting blades)
-Easy to use (cuts like soft buttah)
-Manual (no electricity needed!)
-Options (thick or thin noodles, ribbons, chips…)
-Large (Okay, it’s not huge but it’s bigger than my little veggie peeler. It takes up space on my counter when not in use…however, I use it almost every day)
-Space needed for use (Basically, you need a bit of counter space to place the spiralizer and still be able to turn the handle. The “noodles” pretty much just fall on the counter as they come out)
-Options (This can be a pro or con really…so far I almost always choose one of the 3 noodle blades, fettuccine, linguini or vermicelli, leaving 4 other blades I don’t really use. I’m hoping they will come in handy when I start harvesting garden veggies and want to dehydrate them in different shapes and to make fun salads.)
For me, the pros outweigh the cons but I know we have some fulltime travelers that still read our posts (thank you!!!). If we were still in the RV I’d really have to think this through and make sure I had space to store this unit. It’s not humongous but if you ever lived in an RV (or van or boat) then you know every inch of space is precious. I would most likely still buy this one but only because I use it so often.
So there you have it…if your preferred diet has you eating a lot of zoodles and you’re ready to invest a few dollars into a nice spiralizer this is a great choice.
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